April’s illustrations – 52 week challenge

Have I said before that every week I think I am going to fail and not complete an illustration? Probably. Well, surprise, surprise I felt like that again this week. It’s not always down to the lack of time. Many times I wrack my brain for an idea for the week’s theme and feel completely stumped. But I can breath a sigh of relief as it seems I always manage something in the end regardless of the outcome. So here are April’s illustrations:

Week 14: Camping

Gelli printing, pastels, posca pens

I hadn’t used pastels for years so it was good to get them out again.

Week 14- Camping

Week 15: Ocean

Gelli printing, copic markers

Working with a gelli print plate always has an element of surprise which is part of the joy of working with this medium.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016

Week 16: Mirror

Copic markers, fineliner pens

I am enjoying developing my skills and drawing animal characters and felt quite pleased with this little ducky.

Week 16- Mirror

Week 17: Collector

Copic markers

I collect many things as a family historian, teacher, mother, illustrator and finally writer. I am hoping soon I will be collecting acceptance’s from publishers rather than rejections. 🙂

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016

 

So now it is May with the following themes of grandmother, adventure, still life and ink. I wonder what I will come up with???

March’s illustrations – 52 week challenge

March is over, Autumn has arrived and the school hols will soon be upon us. So today I am going to work like a trouper, writing blog posts, critiquing manuscripts and editing my own.

Week 9: Watercolour (and coloured pencils)

This isn’t a medium I am comfortable with. I don’t feel I can control it. But I did enjoy creating this illustrating after doing some research on Pinterest for watercolour picture book illustrations. Sometimes painting in a similar style to an established illustrator can help you learn a new process.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016

 

Week 10: Animal

Coloured pencils

A ‘Jersey crapaud’ – the nickname in Jersey french for toad, used for locals from Jersey, Channel Islands, like myself.

Week 10- Animal

 

Week 11: Mother

Watercolour & fineliner

As you can see I had toads on my mind. I wanted to practice more animals. Simplify them so that I didn’t fear drawing them. I also continued using watercolour. It is good to get out of your comfort zone and use other mediums.

Week 11- Mother

 

Week 12: Non-dominant hand

Copic markers

Using your non-dominant hand certainly puts you out of your comfort zone. This is good if you have a slightly controlling personality. 🙂 I couldn’t lose complete control so I used Copic markers as I am very comfortable with them. These are two characters I have in mind for one of my manuscripts!

 

Week 12- Non-dominant hand

Week 13:  Movement

Collage & copic markers

Abstract themes are difficult for me. I am more of a concrete thinker. My inspiration came from my daughter’s dance classes.

© Ramona Davey 2016
© Ramona Davey 2016

 

So, it seems March was a month of being out of my comfort zone as far as illustration is concerned. But it was fun! 🙂

Now I need to focus on entering the CYA Competition.

#illo52weeks – February’s illustrations

Week 5: 1920’s

This illustration was based on a photo of my grandfather’s cousin Mabel Benest.

Copic markers & fineliner

Week 5- 1920's

Week 6: Printing

I got a bit carried away this week with the Gelli plate, creating 3 different scenes.

It is such a fun medium to work with and I never really now what the end result will look like.

A lot of trial and error and pleasant surprises!

Acrylic paint and gelli plate.

Week 6- printing 2   Week 6- printing bear in forest 1

Of course, it was February so I had to do a Valentines version.

Week 6: Printing - cat & mouse 2

Week 7: Kindergarten

I did some casual teaching in a kindergarten class during this week and they were learning about ordinal numbers. Very comical!

Copic markers and fineliner.

Week 7- Kindergarten copy

 

Week 8: Horizon

I was born on an island and was lucky enough to see on the horizon other islands and France!

Collage.

Week 8- Horizon

Adieu February. Bonjour March!

#illo52weeks – October’s illustrations

Week 40: Carnival

Copic markers & Artline pen

I am not really pleased with this illustration. I had limited time this week and it showed in the outcome but I still participated and stuck to my goal of entering on time each week regardless of the standard of work.

Week 40- Carnival

 

Week 41: Sweets

Copic markers & Artline pen

As you can see I had the event of Halloween in my mind. I enjoyed doing this illustration and am pleased with how it looks. 🙂

 

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 42: Instrument

Gelli printing & Acrylic paint

I felt the need to use a different medium again and gelli printing felt perfect for this weeks challenge. I don’t play the saxophone (which may show in the detail or lack of) but it was fun to use the rollers again. As you never really know how the print is going to turn out the element of surprise makes this an enjoyable and challenging medium to work with, which is what 52 Weeks is all about, challenging yourself!

Week 42- Instrument

Week 43: Monster

Copic markers & thin textas

Well it is Halloween to day and what a perfect way to finish the month then with a monster themed illustration.

Week 43- Monster

 

Events:

Yesterday I visited Hachette Publishing House. They had opened their doors for paid visits. It was a great opportunity to see the inside of a publishing house, listen to the editors and marketers explain how the process of commissioning and promoting a book goes.

Inside Hachette Oct 2015
#insidehachette

 

 

 

 

Seated from left are the host from the Emerging Writers Festival (sorry no name), Suzanne O’Sullivan (Children’s publisher), Robert Watkins (Fiction and Non-Fiction publisher) and Rebecca Saunders (Fiction publisher).

Suzanne O’Sullivan likes you to be on social media, likes your pitch to be brief and often reads on her e-reader, so likes to see the full manuscript.

Robert Watkin’s said about your story that … “There has to be natural lows and peaks to maintain a reader’s interests.”

Rebecca Saunders said that to her… “the title is important,” and she “wants it to be commercial.” She also wanted to know what your USP (Unique Selling Point) was.

 

 

 

#illo52weeks September’s Illlustrations

Another busy month has passed and five more illustrations have been completed on time (just)!

Week 35: Botany

pencil & copic markers

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 36: Dance

Acrylic

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 37: Geometric

Digital

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 38: Fauna

Acrylic & permanent marker

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 39: Melbourne

Collage, copic markers & Artline pen.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

As you can see by the last illustration that the warm weather has arrived reaching 33 degrees! You will never hear me complain of the warm weather, I love it as does my little blue penguin. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, see you next month…

#illo52weeks – June’s Illustrations

June is a busy month for me – lots of writing deadlines for a variety of competitions, submissions to prepare for editors at the CYA Conference this coming weekend (so excited and nervous) and the weekly illustration challenge to participate in.

Week 22: Childhood

As a child, my siblings and I had two rather amorous rabbits, Princess Leah and Luke Skywalker.

Copic markers & artline pen.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 23: Rain

Coincidently there was a lot of rain during the week of this challenge. I think that helped.

Collage, watercolour.

© Ramona Davey 2015

 

Week 24: Calendar

This theme had me stumped for most of the week. Then I decided to give digital illustration a go again after a long break from it due to not having the resources. By the way, my 9 year old daughter likes my digital illustrations the least. Feed back is always useful no matter how painful. 🙂

Adobe Illustrator (ignore the red lines around each month, this is a screenshit of all the artpages as I did not know how to get all the images onto one page.)

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 25: Africa

I had so many wonderful collage creations in my head for this one but my hands had a completely different idea.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Well that’s it for June! Can you see a running style yet because I can’t.

Today, the new theme starts for this week – Week 26: Land

#illo52 weeks – April’s Illustrations

Due to all the writing commitments I have given myself I have decided to post my illustrations for Tania McCartney’s 52 Week Illustraion Challenge as a job lot each month rather than each week.

So here are my illustrations for April:

Week 13: Transport

Pencil sketch & Copic markers

I had Easter on my mind.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 14: Whimsy

Biro on a serviette in a cafe 🙂

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 15: Vietnam

Pencil sketch, Copic markers, paper, tissue paper

I like looking at this one. Although my figure is a bit stiff I am pleased with the overall effect. I am enjoying working in collage.

Week 15 - Vietnam
© Ramona Davey 2015

Week 16: Structure

Gelli printing, collage

Don’t ask me why the ice is pink. It is the image I had in my mind that wouldn’t go away.

© Ramona Davey 2015
© Ramona Davey 2015

It is Week 17 and the theme is Fluffy. I have no idea what I am going to do??? Or how I am going to do it yet…

#ill52weeks – Week 5: Kitchen

I thought I wasn’t goiong to come up with an idea in time before the day ended. I had a need to do collage and so I thought I would give that a go in a rather tentative fashion.

© Ramona Davey
© Ramona Davey

I finished just in time to do school pick up. And I feel quite pleased with the end result.

It is always such a relief to complete each weeks challenge and I am determined no to miss a week. This keeps me developing my skills and is good practice at meeting deadlines.

Tomorrow the theme is ‘Magic.’ 🙂